Churchill and Hitler: Essays on the Political-military Direction of Total War
This collection of essays examines the development of Churchill and Hitler as strategic leaders and analyses in particular the impact of their formative years on their leadership styles, 'operational codes', views on civil-military relations, and approaches to the conduct of war at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.
In the end, how well these two leaders mastered the political-military direction of the Clausewitzian trinity determined the outcome of the most total war in history. Ultimately, victory depended on the calculated use of all the means of national power - military, political, psychological and economic - to achieve the national end. As these essays demonstrate, it was Churchill who best understood that calculation.
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